Times Correspondent Phil Arvia
Mrs. Muir, the school media specialist, is shown here helping two 5th grade students download books from the school library.
Mary Beth O'Connor, left, Purdue University Calumet associate professor of communication, holds an award with Joe Wielosinski. She supervised Wielosinski's direction and production of the documentary film "Checkmate," which recently garnered two Gold Empixx Awards.
Peter Venturelli, Valparaiso University sociology professor
S.P. is the helmsman of the Merrillville–based Beat Fakulty and has worked behind the boards on projects and songs for Twista and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Records. Born Stephen Powers, S.P. has also collaborated with region favorites such as Vizion and Soope from the Gary–based Grind Family.
Luis Beccerra, a 6th grader at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, wrote the winning essay for his grade level.
Akia Maxwell, an 8th-grader at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, wrote the winning Red Ribbon Week essay for her grade level.
Alanis Yaya is a seventh-grader at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. She wrote the school's winning essay in its Red Ribbon Week competition. Visit nwi.com to read essays by the winners at each grade level.
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